Criminal Justice Schools, Online Degrees and Programs

Americans depend upon criminal justice professionals to help protect our country from within and from outside our borders. Whether you want to become a police officer or sheriff, join the FBI, work in our country's state and federal prisons, or in help record court proceedings, online criminal justice schools and degree programs can provide the career training you need.

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At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter ourschool, to graduation and beyond, we are right there with you.

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

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Hot fields for Criminal Justice degree holders include:
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How to Prepare for a Career in Criminal Justice

According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many law enforcement career training begins at the associate's degree level. Employees at local, regional, or state law enforcement agencies typically complete an online associate or bachelor's degree in criminal justice or police science. For law enforcement positions with federal agencies, you may need to complete a bachelor's or master's degree. If you're already working in law enforcement or criminal justice, earning an advanced degree through online criminal justice schools can qualify you for advancement.

Criminal Justice Wages

Police and sheriff's patrol officers earned median annual wages of $51,410 in 2008. Police and detective supervisors drew $75,490. The middle 50 percent of correctional officers earned between $29,660 and $51,000 in 2008.

Criminal Justice Career Outlook

The BLS predicts a 10 percent growth in police and detective jobs between 2008 and 2018. Jobs for correctional officers will increase by nine percent. Federal jobs are predicted to grow by 11 percent during the decade.

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